Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies

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Penguin Books (NZ) Limited, 1994 - Families - 293 pages
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Bulibasha is the title given to the King of the Gypsies, and on the East Coast of New Zealand two patriarchs fight to be proclaimed the king.
Tamihana is the leader of the great Mahana family of shearers and sportsmen and women. Rupeni Poata is his arch enemy. The two families clash constantly, in sport, in cultural contests and, finally, in the Golden Fleece competition to find the greatest shearing gang in New Zealand. Caught in the middle of this struggle is the teenager Simeon, grandson of the patriarch and of his grandmother Ramona, struggling with his own feelings and loyalties as the battles rage on many levels.
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User Review  - gmillar - LibraryThing

Simply Maori. I loved the rawness of this story. There wasn't much of the post-pakeha cultural change left out of this 1950s story. I lived in New Zealand at this time and I was about the same age as ... Read full review

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it was not that good lol. not interesting in the slightest but you know.. it was what it was... boring. VERY INAPPROPRIATE on page 271 when Witi talks about getting raped. it was disgusting as i am only 8. what kind of example are you trying to set!?


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About the author (1994)

Witi Ihimaera was born in Gisborne, New Zealand on February 7, 1944 into a Maori family of Mormons. After completing a B.A. in English, he worked as a journalist in New Zealand and started writing fiction. His first collection of short stories, Pounamu Pounamu, was published in 1972 and his first novel, Tangi, was published in 1973. His other works include Whanau, The Matriarch, The Whale Rider, The Dream Swimmer, Sky Dancer, The Trowenna Sea, and The Parihaka Woman. In 1982 he coedited an anthology of Maori writing, Into the World of Light, and continues to be a champion of literature in English by Maoris.

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